Welcome to the New York City Department of Education Guidance Portal, dedicated to the sharing of resources for school counselors, social workers, SAPIS, partner professionals and school community members supporting student success!  We thank you for visiting the Guidance Portal regularly.

Office of Guidance and School Counseling

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling (OGSC) builds the capacity of school counselors, school social workers, and SAPIS counselors in New York City to positively impact students' social-emotional development, academic success, and post-secondary outcomes. Guided by the standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW),  New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Learning Standards, student support services professionals deliver a comprehensive program, which helps all students to be effective learners and contributing members of the school community.


new! Field Support Center School Counseling Managers

Every school has a respective Field Support Center Student Services team, which includes a School Counseling Manager!  School Counseling Managers offer professional development, site visits, and resources to support your work.

                         Get your School Counseling Manager's contact information here!

Chancellor's Address to School Counselors
Chancellor Carmen Fariña greatly values the work of school counselors and school social workers.  The Chancellor delivered an address to school counselors and school social workers on August 26, 2014.  

Watch the video

Participants explored counseling strategies for meeting the NYC Department of Education's vision.   Please see the NYC DOE Capacity Framework for Great Schools for additional information.  

Counselor Connections

  The Office of Guidance and School Counseling is thrilled to present its publication, Counselor Connections.  This bi-monthly newsletter is designed to keep school counselors, social workers, and SAPIS connected to important policies, resources and opportunities that directly impact their work with students, families, and educators. 

new! Counselor Connections: Jan/Dec 2016 is now available. The focus of this edition is supporting school climate.

Comprehensive School Counseling

School counselors are a unique group of educators who collaborate with all members of the school community to provide comprehensive support services with the goal of positively impacting the academic achievement, postsecondary preparedness, and personal-social development of New York City public school students.


The three domains of a comprehensive school counseling program include:

•  Academic Planning 

•  Personal-Social Development 

•  Postsecondary Planning

Key professional resources on the role of a school counselor include: 

• School Counselors in NYC Public Schools brochure 

• School Counseling Frameworks presentation 

• Aligning Danielson Framework School Counseling Resources


Professional Associations

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

• New York State School Counselor Association

Key professional resources by ASCA include:

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors

• ASCA National Standards for Students  

• ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at the ASCA Annual Conference --
Read her speech, or watch the video.


National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 132,000 members.  NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. 

• NASW New York City Chapter 

Key professional resources by NASW include:

• NASW Code of Ethics

• NASW Standards for School Social Work Services -                       

The school social work profession focuses “on coordinating the efforts of schools, families, and communities toward helping students improve their academic achievement and social, emotional, and behavioral competence by using its unique perspective of viewing the person in his or her environment."

School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)

SSWAA Public Resources by Topic

New York State School Social Workers Association

Further information professional associations that support the work of student support services personnel are available here.

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